CHARLOTTE, NC – With Honor Action – a cross-partisan movement dedicated to promoting and advancing principled veteran leadership in order to reduce polarization – released the following statement in support of the bipartisan Cultivating Opportunity and Response to the Pandemic through Service (CORPS) Act. With 15 Senate co-sponsors balanced evenly, the CORPS Act supports 600,000 national service opportunities in a three-year period to help the United States respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation provides flexibility for national service programs to respond to specific local needs and will prioritize students, job seekers, and public health services with a special focus on expanding programs in rural and high poverty communities. National service plays a vital role in both our nation’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and our recovery in the months to come, and the devastating effects of the pandemic only accelerates the need for more service to country.
“National service can heal political divisions and make America a stronger nation,” said With Honor Action CEO and Co-Founder Rye Barcott. “In March, Members of the bipartisan For Country Caucus of military veterans introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that captured the spirit of service just as the CORPS Act does in the Senate. It’s no surprise that this legislation, one of the most promising national service movements in the last decade, has the bipartisan support of military veterans in Congress as well as those who serve our nation in important public and civilian capacities.”
Adm. Michael Mullen, former Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and With Honor Action Advisory Board member, said, “We recently honored our nation on Independence Day in somber, yet new ways and as difficult as it is right now for us as a country, in these multiple crises, there’s always a silver lining and opportunity. This appears to be an extraordinary moment for expanding national service and inspiring more Americans to lead.”
In a With Honor Action-commissioned national survey taken before any reports of the COVID-19 outbreak, nearly two-thirds of respondents favored increasing federal spending to increase national service opportunities. Importantly, 58 percent of respondents say increasing national service opportunities will help America heal deep political divisions. The survey, conducted in November 2019, can be viewedhere.
With Honor Action is a cross-partisan movement focused on supporting military veterans who want to work across the aisle and put principles before politics while serving again in Congress. With Honor Action’s advisory board includes post-9/11 veterans and Gold Star family members — Chris Howard, Ryan Manion, and Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg — as well as prominent American leaders such as Secretary George Shultz, Secretary Robert Gates, Admiral Michael Mullen, Michèle Flournoy, and David Gergen.
With Honor Action is a 501(c)(4), which serves as the organization’s policy and social-welfare arm. With Honor has an affiliated federally registered “super PAC” called With Honor Fund.